<p>Bill Heltzel is a senior investigative reporter and utility player for PublicSource.</p>
<p>He has worked as an investigative reporter at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Press and Hammond Times. Before joining PublicSource, he trained journalists across North America in business and finance research for Bloomberg in New York.</p>
<p>He is a native of Warren, Ohio, and a graduate of Denison University.</p>
<p>He enjoys reading, movies, wine and fine food. He is struggling to learn how to raise a willful Pekingese puppy, with considerable guidance from his wife, Aimee.</p>
<p>He won a 2013 Golden Quill for “Pittsburgh area vets have one of longest waits in country for disability claims.” He was a Golden Quill and a Society of Professional Journalists finalist for “The perfect financial crime – almost.”</p>
How would you construct the perfect financial crime?
First, you need the prey – someone who has a big pot of money to invest and needs financial advice. Like a large transit agency.
Then you line up bankers who conspire to make profits big enough to pay kickbacks to the advisers who set up the deals.
Ten wealthy Pennsylvanians, including a husband supporting his wife for political office and a gay man seeking equality, contributed nearly $9 million to their favorite candidates and issues since 2011.
A ninth-grade boy at Pittsburgh’s Vincentian High School had a secret. He’d changed a grade on his report card, but soon his basketball coach discovered the deceit. For weeks, the coach summoned him from gym class and the cafeteria to his office, where he prodded: What would the boy do for the coach to keep the secret?